Let's get one thing straight: there's nothing minor about Tarot's Minor Arcana. Classic Tarot card decks consist of the Major Arcana (22 cards) and the Minor Arcana (56 cards). And while beginning Tarot card readers will want to explore the Major Arcana first, as those cards hold greater weight, it's the many cards in the Minor Arcana that round out a Tarot reading and help complete the story.
Tarot's Minor Arcana is comprised of four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each suit is made up of 14 cards, beginning with the Ace, progressing through numbers two through 10, and concluding with four Court cards: Page, Knight, Queen and King.
Each suit represents an overall theme: Cups rule emotions, Pentacles rule the physical world, Swords symbolize challenges and Wands indicate action.
In general, the Minor Arcana cards represent day-to-day life and all of its ups and downs. Where the Major Arcana cards portray life's greater turning points, the Minor Arcana cards provide intimate insight to help with daily decision making on a smaller scale. After all, it's the little things we do every day that all add up to something larger in the end, right?
Numbered cards in Tarot's Minor Arcana can indicate events happening in your past, present and future, obstacles you may face, fears you may be feeling or advice that will help. The Court cards often symbolize the people in your life, or even you, yourself!
Interpreting a Tarot reading, then, is much easier once you are familiar with the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards, and learn how the two work together to tell the story of your life. See which cards turn up for you in a Celtic Cross Tarot reading now.
Learn the meaning of each Tarot card suit in the Minor Arcana